An audio buddy recently asked me, "When will the LP bubble burst?" and I was at a total loss for words. The thought had never crossed my mind. Back in the early 1980s it looked like the CD would kill the LP in a year or two -- digital would permanently rule the format roost. Here we are more than three decades on and LP sales are healthy, and turntables, from budget models like the Audio Technic ATH LP60 and Fluance RT-81, are selling briskly. Dozens of new ultra high-end models were on display at the High End Show in Munich in May of this year. The turntable market is booming. The CD format is still around, but new CD players are getting scarce. CD and LP album sales are still very significant. According to an IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) report, physical music formats account for 30 percent of music industry revenue, compared to 38 percent from streaming worldwide in 2017. Physical format shares vary country by country with much higher percentages of … [Read more...] about Will digital music kill vinyl anytime soon?
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If you weren't one of the lucky few to snag the remodeled (and absurdly expensive) version of the coveted Technics SL-1200GAE DJ turntable before it sold out in 30 minutes, you'll soon have the chance to pick up a very cool consolation prize. This week Pioneer announced the PLX-500 turntable that looks almost exactly like the iconic direct-drive deck, and it doesn't cost $3,300.It's a continuation of the PLX DJ line that we first reviewed in 2014, but this model is an "all-in-one" design with its own built-in pre-amplifier. That means you can hook it up to a pair of powered speakers without any extra layers in between you and that cozy blanket of analog audio. If you do decide to throw an all-vinyl house party, the PLX-500's direct-drive engine has a quick spin-up and more than enough torque to handle heavy scratching. Just like the original 1200s, it has all the essentials you need for mixing, like pitch controls, strobe light illumination, a weighted tone arm and, of course, … [Read more...] about Pioneer’s latest white-out turntable proves there’s life after Technics
When I play LPs for non-audiophiles old enough to have grown up with vinyl, they can't get over how quiet my records are. They remember LPs with lots of pops, clicks, scratches and rumble, but not at my house! Even some of my 50-year-old albums are remarkably quiet, it's just too bad those folks never heard how good turntables could sound back in the day. No worries, it's not too late to buy a great turntable -- such as the new Technics SL-1200GR -- and discover why audiophiles' passion for playing records never waned.Technics introduced the world's first direct-drive turntable, the SP-10 in 1970, while the direct-drive SL-1200 arrived in 1972. The SL-1200 remained in production up through 2010, with model revisions, and sold more than 3,000,000 units!DJs rejoiced when word got out last year that the reborn Technics SL-1200 turntable would hit the streets. OK, not all DJs: That limited-edition SL-1200G, went for a cool $4,000, but they sold out quickly. Today I'm looking at … [Read more...] about Technics SL-1200GR turntable, for DJs or audiophiles or both?
Forget Bluetooth turntables: The true sign that vinyl has made a comeback is the reappearance of the iconic Technics SL1200. Think of any DJ at all, whether at a wedding, or at a massive Las Vegas dance party, and they'll be using a pair of SL1200s. The new SL-1200MK7, launched here at CES, is a sleek, black take on the traditional silver-colored turntable and features a new "coreless" direct-drive motor. Given that the turntable is designed to be used in high-volume environments it's extensively damped with a high rigidity cabinet and two-layer structure platter. This design also makes it also useful for preventing footfalls making your records skip at home. Best-sounding albums to own on vinyl 21 Photos The SL-1200MK7 appeals to the key devil worshipper market with a new reverse mode activated by holding both the speed selector and start/stop buttons down. Hear all your backmasked messages in high fidelity! Of course it has all of the things you'd expect from a DJ … [Read more...] about CES 2019: Technics SL1200MK7 turntable appeals to DJs and satanic cultists alike
Soundtracks Of Our Lives In Soundtracks Of Our Lives, The A.V. Club looks at the dying art of the movie companion album, those “various artists” compilations made to complement films on screen but that often end up taking on lives of their own. In Soundtracks Of Our Lives, The A.V. Club looks at the dying art of the movie companion album, those “various artists” compilations made to complement films on screen but that often end up taking on lives of their own. If you took everything that was popular and “edgy” about comic books in the early 1990s and stitched it all together into some Frankenstein’s monster of maximum market appeal, the result would probably bear more than a passing resemblance to Spawn. Todd McFarlane’s flagship antihero, a slain assassin resurrected as a creature of the night, is as instantly recognizable in silhouette as Batman, only way darker, dude. He’s got some of the biker badassery of Ghost Rider, … [Read more...] about Like its inspiration,